It (Was) National PB & J Day!

I think I mentioned in my last post that I tend to be a bit behind with things.  Well, apparently yesterday was National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day!  An entire day dedicated to the sweet, salty, savory sandwich.  I will be honest with you, I definitely had my fill of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as a kid.  In fact, I think I officially begged my Dad to stop making me them in about the sixth grade. However, there is still something completely heartwarming and delicious about the combination, isn’t there?  I have mentioned before that I am a fan of juicing, smoothies, and all things drinkable (see my post ‘Aloe ‘Aloe) so it should come as no surprise that my favorite spin on a traditional PB & J is best done in drink form too!


1 1/2 C Vanilla (reduced sugar) Almond Milk

2 1/2 TBSP of Powdered Peanut Butter (My fave is PB2)

1 C Frozen Organic Strawberries

1 TBSP Chia Seeds


It’s like childhood in a glass!  It’s sweet, savory, and satisfying – not to mention full of protein, antioxidants, calcium, and fiber.   It also makes for a great post-workout snack.  Delicious and beneficial, now THERE’S a combination I never get sick of!



Un”beet”able Skin Care Product

Exercise is so good for us.  It helps our circulatory system, increases immunity, and supports respiratory health, sure, but all that sweat is also great for overall detoxification.  Nothing feels better than that sweaty, yet satisfying, post-workout high.  Well nothing, but that post-workout shower, perhaps.    I, like many of other people, suffer from body breakouts.  It seems like a slap in the face, doesn’t it?  You eat well, you workout, and the thanks you get is body breakouts, dry patches, or to find that other skin issues have been exacerbated by sweating?  So not cool, right? For those of you suffering from skin issues related to working out, I have some good news!  About five months ago I discovered a story about the healing properties of African Black Soap.

It’s a black soap (literally it’s black in color) made with organic dried plantain skins, palm leaves, Shea butter, virgin coconut oil, Neem tree oil, and cocoa powder.  I’m not going to lie, I can be romanced by anything claiming to give me clear, radiant skin.  So I did what any person would have done, I ordered some to try myself.  I ordered four bars of it on Amazon for $12.00 and figured, hey, what’s the worst thing that can happen, it doesn’t work?  Several days later my package arrived.  Luckily (and this is oozing with sarcasm this luckily) I had just happened to have a tiny skin issue present itself to really put this product to the test.  I used the soap, which is again, literally black, on my face that night.  I instantly felt a tingle on my skin the moment I applied it, and it left my skin feeling really clean and tight immediately after I rinsed it off.   I didn’t know what to expect, I really had no expectation, to be honest.  I am no stranger to being let down by products claiming to “miraculously” heal skin.  However, to my delight, the next morning my skin was clear!  Seriously, I could have broken into a Disney-esque song and dance I was so delighted!  Finally something that does what it claims it will do!  There are many companies producing African Black Soap these days, and I have tried several of them, but nothing compares to that first brand I tried.  Brace yourselves for the name of my soap of choice …Dudu Oson.  Do not judge a product by its name people, trust me!  This soap didn’t just work for me, it also has worked for several other people I recommended it to for various skin issues from psoriasis to eczema.  I cannot say enough good things about it.  It is absolutely wonderful and a must have for your gym bag all year long!

What must-have skin care products are in your gym bag?


Why I Chose NASM for Certified Personal Training


Why I Chose NASM for Certified Personal Training

People ask me which program I chose to complete my Certified Personal Training and Fitness Nutrition Specialist certification courses through.  I chose to do my certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).  After doing quite a bit of research, I found that

After doing quite a bit of research, I found that NASM was the best match for me.  There were several reasons for my choice, but the most important being their effective and proven training model as well as their “eLearning” support network.

I have never been the most focused or disciplined student — if I am being completely honest — and their program made it very easy for me to learn the material and get the most out of my education.    Anytime I had any questions or did not understand something, my personal advisor was supportive and there to help me through it all.

Committing to something new in this day and age of online classrooms can be difficult as well as overwhelmingly confusing, so it is important to have specific things in mind as you choose the program best for you.

Another reason I chose to do my certifications through NASM  is their OPT Training Model.  The OPT model makes program design easy to implement and was crucial in helping me find my own niche working as a CPT.

Passing your exam is just one step in the process of becoming a fitness professional.  It is the knowledge and skills you acquire from your education that will help you build a successful career.   NASM offer an easy recertification process as well as numerous innovative and specific continuing education certifications to keep you ahead of the game.

If you or someone you know is thinking of becoming a Certified Personal Trainer I would recommend NASM highly**.  You hear people say this all the time, but I can say when it comes to me it is very true, if I could do it so can you!

I am happy to answer any questions you may have you if you are thinking of becoming a fitness professional.

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**The statements above are my personal opinions based on my experience as a NASM  participant.  I have not been paid to promote their program or endorse their products. 

Are you interested in becoming a Certified Personal Trainer?  Which programs have you looked into?